Book Review: A Noble Path by I. L. Crus (Book 2)

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a wonderful week, and that you are staying safe with this Virus. Today, I’m excited to be part of a blog tour for A Noble’s Path, a wonderful Fantasy novel by I. L. Cruz.

Author: I. L. Crus
Series: The enchanted Isles
Pages: 216
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: January 31st, 2020
Publisher: Bosky Flame Press

Blog Tour, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

Divided loyalties test Inez Garza.

The infamous incident at the Academy of Natural Studies has forced her to work for the King’s Men while continuing to serve the hidden market.

Supporting Birthright furthers the cause of Magical Return, but the cost may be the fall of the royal house and losing Zavier forever.

And the strongest pull of all is her growing and erratic magic, which demands everything and offers only destruction in return.

Inez must decide where her loyalties lie—saving Canto or saving herself.

Review
5 Stars

Wow, just wow!

What a difference, this book was such a wonderful surprise to read. There were still some bits here and there, but none of that made the story nor the characters feel less fun or real to me.

I love Fantasy books since I was a child, so reading the second book just after finishing the first was a great comparison and I just loved the second book.

Here we continue with Inez’s adventures and I loved the obstacles kept piling up on Inez as she tried to achieve her goals. I think that is the main reason I connected more with the second book. It’s just like life, the are many obstacles in our way and more so than not, we can’t reach our dreams and goals very easily.

I also loved that the main character did learn things she needed to learn through those problems and obstacles, that made her more relatable even if it’s in a Fantasy world.

Inez is a mage, who tries to learn how to use and hide her magic better while being assigned to community service for a past recklessness. Inez is such a great character, from the start and from the first few chapters, I just wanted to know more about her. I loved that the author showed us (the readers) the fears Inez had to overcome.

Zavier, and Inez’s love interest. is a very smooth, loyal and smart prince but not a dush, Zavier is always there for Inez with support and kindness.

The other characters, not just the main character grew and developed throughout the story and it made me feel more connected to them. Especially compared to the first book, in this book the author did learn from the first one and the characters are very well developed and so is the world. The adventures and obstacles are just like in our lives, we need to overcome so we can grow and achieve what we want.

Overall this book was amazing to read and I can’t wait for the next one. I want to know more, see more and go through more adventures.
I do recommend this series to everyone who likes Fantasy with great and real characters. I am sure you’re going to love it.

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*** I received the first book and the second book from the author for the blog tour reviews, for an honest review 🙂

Book Review: Strayborn (Draev Guardians #1) by E.E. Rawls

Author: E. E. Rawls / Elizabeth Rawls
Pages: 349 Pages
Genre: Christian, Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: October 14th, 2019
Publisher: Storyteller Wings Press

Strayborn, Coffee n' Notes, Book Review, E. E. Rawls,

Blurb

Elemental Manipulation is tricky. Only those with the power can train to become a Draev Guardian.

Cyrus Sole hates life. She’s half-human, with weak wrists, and not a day goes by when someone doesn’t say something mean about it. But when the forbidden power to manipulate metal awakens inside her, everything changes as the Argos Corps is sent to hunt her down…

Aken is a Scourgeblood, the last in a line of monsters. But all he really wants is to gain wings and be free, especially when a new power awakens, changing the course of his life…

The Draev Guardian Academy is their only sanctuary. But training to become a Draev won’t be easy. Cyrus has to hide her human side, as she gets placed in Floor Harlow with the outcast students, and nightmares of her deceased mother keep returning.

With creepy Corpsed on the prowl and whispers of Cyrus possibly being a reborn Hero, both she and Aken find themselves caught up in a web of secrets, racial tension, and an old legend with enemies that could spell their untimely demise…

Review
5 Stars

Okay, this review was such an easy thing to do, this book was a great story and a wonderful adventure to follow. I think this story is for a younger audience but I still enjoyed it a lot and didn’t diminish my enjoyment one bit, hehe 😀

The cover

Before I will start with the review I have to say a word or two about the cover.

It’s GORGEOUS! Okay, now for the review 😉

The characters

Cyrus Sole: This is by far my favorite character ❤

I wanted to know more about her, about her family, her inner struggles and thoughts, I just craved for more and more. At first, it was too Disney, but it quickly became darker and better. Everything about her felt better and the author did a wonderful job with her.

All the other characters were written masterfully as well, and I enjoyed there interaction and adventures. I enjoyed every chapter to get to know them all and follow them wherever they might go, no matter what they do (good or bad) I still wanted to follow them more and most of all I wanted to get to know them even more.

The relationship between Cyrus and Aken is written so beautifully and I was just enjoying seeing them both in the story and following all their hardships and adventures.

Nephryte: This character seemed as though the author worked the most on, He is so well written and I loved! following him. I want to know more, I want to know everything about this character. I can’t say much here but trust me when I say that this character is amazing.

The world-building

This story takes place in an alternate earth-like place, called Eartha.

Cyrus starting to notice that something is very wrong with the Draev Academy and through her eyes and actions we can see and find out many details about the Academy and it reminded me of the Vampire Academy a bit and even Harry Potter.

I am so glad that the author put more history in the book, it was so interesting to know more of the place, the races, I wanted to know more, I can’t wait for the second book to come out, I want to learn so much more. It feels like there’s so much more to know and see and so much land to discover in Eartha and I know that as soon as you will read this book, you will want to know more as well.

I am not a religious person, I do believe in a higher power of the universe and the elements around us and the author did quote the bible in this book several times, I may not be a religious person but I do know the bible a bit and it didn’t feel annoying to see all the quotes, because it meant a lot to the characters and it was written in a very nice and organic way.

Elemental Power Manipulation

Which is the magic system in tI love love LOVE the use of the elements and the elemental power, the author did a wonderful job here explaining how it works. She took the basic elements and made it into something more dynamic, fluid, where each of the Vempars has a very specific way they do magic and how they focus their powers, amazing!

The ending

The ending took me by surprise a bit and some details in the book just made it even stronger. I loved the little extra details she wrote and it is clear that the story is not near to it’s ending and there’s so much more to tell and I truly can’t wait to see where the story will continue.

Overall

If you love Fantasy, this book is for you and for the author herself I want to say…

Please write faster… I want more, lol, I need at least 4-7 books about these characters and about this world, the Academy and everything, lol.

Strayborn, Coffee n' Notes

Book Purchase Links:

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Author Bio:

E.E. Rawls is the product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years. She loves exploring the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book.

She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind running, as she writes tales that will both entertain and inspire others, giving them worlds they can explore and become lost within.

You can find the author on:

WEBSITE: https://eerawls.com/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/eerawls_author/

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Book Review: All the King’s Traitors (Highwings, #1)

Author: Keylin Rivers
Pages: 358 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy, Dystopian
Publication Date: August 31st, 2019
Publisher: Astre Encre

All the King's Traitors, Book Review, Coffee n' Notes, Keylin Rivers

Blurb

Over a thousand years have passed since the first Godstones ripped through the skies and mangled the earth. With their fall came centuries of chaos and destruction, but also immense power.

Power that separates humans from Gods.

Now, in the Kingdom of Azanthea, two adoptive brothers flee from unjust conscription.

A fugitive struggles to truly be free.

A double-crossing warrior must choose where his allegiances lie: with his wife or with his daughter.

A traitorous heir to the Kingdom’s throne roams the lands in search of an army to call his own.

A prodigy in the House of Historian competes in a grueling trial to prove her loyalty.

And one God-King rules over them all.

Review
5 Stars

I was given an ebook form of this book for an honest review.
This is a spoiler-free review and trust me, when I say that I had to re-write this review a few times, lol. I always let some important details out.

I love fantasy a lot, most of my reading genre is Fantasy. I am not much into the romance that is in so many fantasy novels, I’m more into the adventure and the magic, but I don’t mind the romance 😀

First of all, let me start by saying that this book was such a great read.
You have multiple POV which I normally don’t like much but it is so well done here, everything goes smoothly as the changing in the povs happening and the author was able to keep me in suspense, the entire time. I loved it.

The characters

The characters truly made this story better, they are so relatable and fun to follow. And even the evil antagonist is OMG, wow… I love the bad guys/gals in a book and a movie, hehe. Through the relationship between the antagonist and the protagonist, you can truly see and understand the war so much better.

I enjoyed Vallich and Kari as characters and I wanted more of Vallich.

The romance was not my favorite thing in this book, but it didn’t bother me to put less rating. I loved everything else in the book so much that I kept it as 5 Stars ❤

My favorite characters are Vallich and Aurellia and not just because of Aurellia is my mom’s name, hehe. I felt more connected and every time they appeared in the story I dove deeper, eager to know more, see more. But Vallich is so well written, I mean you always on the age of the sit when Vallich appears in the story. The author did an amazing job here, wow.

The world-building

The world-building and the magic system are also so well developed and masterfully written, I felt like I’m in a new (but somehow familiar) dystopian world full of magic.

You get sucked into the story fast and when it ends you look at the book in despair “What…? I want more… Give me more… Write more… Write faster, lol”

But seriously I am so happy to have another great series to follow.
The author gives are some clues about the lives of the people across Azanthea and even the smallest details you read gives you so much information and you learn a lot about the history of this new world. I want more of that.

The Godstones were amazing to learn about, even though I wanted more information about all the abilities you get from them. Can’t say more without spoiling this for you, sorry).

Everything in this book was fascinating to learn about and I kept wanting more. I want to know everything about the powers and about this dystopian but fantasy world. I want to meet more people and see more of the land. I guess I just want more books, lol.

The ending had lots of omg moments, lol, because everything kept getting messed up and go sideways and then the book ended. The book ended on a cliffhanger – NOOO! I love it 😀

Overall, if you like magic, plot-twists, betrail, adventures, and amazing but diverse characters, this book is most definitely is for you!

You can find the book over at:

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Divinity Falling By Nour Zikra

Author: Nour Zikra
Pages: 367
Genre: Adult Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: 01.10.2019
Publisher: Lightbringer Publishing

Divinity Falling Cover, Coffee n' Notes, Nour Zikra

Blurb

Fierce twenty-two-year-old Addy hasn’t had the easiest of circumstances. Then she runs into Adriel, a half-naked young man with major back burns, kickstarting a series of disasters in her life, mainly her younger brother Reed disappearing into thin air with a strange man. She immediately suspects Adriel is the culprit. After all, Reed’s kidnapper had the exact same burn marks on his back.

Adriel, who a few hours ago had been a guardian angel, doesn’t know why he is on Earth with a human heart pulsating in his chest. After he sinned, he was sure he would be cast into Hell. Instead, the wild young woman he stopped for help on the road won’t stop questioning him about her missing brother.

Although Adriel claims innocence, Addy doesn’t believe him until she comes face to face with Lucifer, the lord of Hell, who has imprisoned Reed. Lucifer awakens the demonic blood dormant within Addy and sends her on a mission to corrupt human souls. His desire: to wage war on Heaven with an army of demon-turned humans.

And not following his plan? That’s a sure way to get Reed killed. Against Adriel’s objections, Addy must follow through with a job she never signed up for—preying on human souls.

Review
5 Stars

This is a spoiler-free review.

A small disclaimer… I read this book at a very hard time in my life when my mom wasn’t feeling so good and to top it all our beautiful dog Menta passed away, Reading this book not only made this time pass easier as I was truly immersed in the story.

Wow, wow… Wow. I can’t stop saying wow, hehe.

I truly enjoyed reading this book and I can’t wait to know more and read more.

This is a dual point of view story, between Addy and Adriel. Most of the time I can’t fully connect to these types of stories but here it was well made and thought off, that you can feel the characters and see their desires and understand how they work.

The main character Addy is so strong and so relatable, I instantly got invested in her and I enjoyed seeing how the character growth over time. I love how fearless Addy is especially with helping her lost brother Reed, but she herself is dealing with new issues as new things awaken in her and the things she finds about herself only makes her even stronger and better at understanding what is really good dor her. Addy showed her true self in these pages and I was fully connected to her because of that.

Adriel is such a strong and great character as well, that as a fallen angle needs to deal with so much as well but also poove to Addy that he is not the monster she thinks he is. This story cured my reading slump I was in and helped me with the sadness I felt, weird I know… But it’s the truth.

I loved the characters so much, each and every one of them felt so real and so strong in their beliefs, it made the story flow so smoothly and feel so much stronger as I read deeper into the story. They’re so much more I want to know and understand, I need more books by this author 😀

The writing style is on point, it usually takes me a few chapters until I dive deep into a story but here, from the first chapter I was completely in and hooked.

This story has everything you need, pure exciting adventures, angles, and demons, family and love. I think it’s a must book to read in this fall season and a must in every book lover’s TBR ❤

*** Don’t forget that it’s the last day that you can pre-order the book for a great deal, so grab it while you can.

You can find the book over at:

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  • The author sent me the ebook for free for an honest review.

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Writer’s Log: May Goals

Happy Friday to you all and I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend ❤

I can’t believe that we are already in May, this year flew by so fast. I have a few goals this month that is a continuation of April 😉

So let’s start…

Wake up at 4 am every day but Saturday.

So far it is not going well, lol, but I still want to keep trying. After all, it takes at least 21 days to form a habit so I will keep trying.

Write 5K.

I want to just start writing again. I am slowly finding my “groove” again and I want to start writing again, so my goal is to minimum write 5K.

Edit 2 chapters.

I really want to try and keep editing and revising my book. I would be happy even with 2 chapters edited. I want to keep my writing/editing goals small so I won’t get overwhelmed and I would be able to stay motivated… Hopefully 😉

Read 3 books.

I am in a huge reading slump. I read a book in every few months, so I want to get back to reading and ease myself to reading more. I still haven’t picked up the books I want to read but I hope to do that tomorrow so I will let you know tomorrow 😉

Blog (mostly) every day.

Okay, I think I did really good with the goal on April with a few days I’ve missed posts, but in May I want to try and really do better 😀 So far I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to share all my insights on June as I finish this challenge.

Declutter the house.

Did a great job on April with decluttering my house but I need to work much harder on declutter our closets and bookshelves in May.

Meditate 4 times a week (at least).

I was doing well with meditating almost every day in April but by the end of the month, I neglected this and I want to get back to meditating and that is why I thought it will be a great idea to add this as a goal for May.

Well, that is it for my goals for the month of May, there are a few hard ones and a few small goals, hehe but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀

What is your goal for May? Did you choose something to focus on this month?  let me know in the comments below

 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Author: Jen Sincero
Pages: 258
Genre: Self-Help
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Running Press Adult

You Are A Badass, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them – it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it now.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Review
4 Stars

I usually don’t read self-help books, but I do try to read things outside my comfort zone and because we are getting closer to 2019, I needed every help I can get so after I heard so many good things about this book, I decided to buy it… And I am so happy I did.

This book didn’t have many original ideas, and the author told me things I probably already knew… However, it was still a nice reminder of what I need to do and sometimes it is nice to have a good reminder a push even if it comes out from a book.

As I try to surround myself with things that will be a constant reminder of what I want and how I want to achieve it, I loved reading this book because of that… A great reminder and sometimes if we know something we really don’t get it, lol. Some things just clicked really good in this book and I plan to read this book again in 2019 with fresh new eyes 😉

I mostly felt with all the things I highlighted that it was like a reminder post-it note or a smart cheat sheet for you to always pick into and plan your goals smarter and achieve them faster.

I got this book in an ebook and so I highlighted a few lines and paragraphs that I knew will stick with me for a while…

“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse”.

“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done”.

This is beyond true and correct for me, and I just realized that while reading this book and since then… So much have changed and still is changing ❤
For me, this book was more like a push in the right direction, I needed it a lot 😀

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Book Review: Amaskan’s Blood (Boahim #1) By Raven Oak

Author: Raven Oak
Pages: 441
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: October 15th, 2016
Publisher: Grey Sun Press

Raven Oak, Book Review

Blurb

Her name was Adelei.

She was a master in her field, one of the feared Order of Amaska. Those who were a danger to the Little Dozen Kingdoms wound up dead by her hand. The Order sends her deep into the Kingdom of Alexander, away from her home in Sadai, and into the hands of the Order’s enemy.

The job is nothing short of a suicide mission, one serving no king, no god, and certainly not Justice. With no holy order to protect her, she tumbles dagger-first into the Boahim Senate’s political schemes and finds that magic is very much alive and well in the Little Dozen Kingdoms.

While fighting to unravel the betrayal surrounding the royal family of Alexander, she finds her entire past is a lie, right down to those she called family. They say the truth depends on which side of the sword one stands. But they never said what to do when all the swords are pointing at you.

Amidst her enemies, in a land from the darkest reaches of her past, she must decide if she is to be more than another brainwashed puppet. No matter her choice, she must fight to do what is just and right to save the people of the Little Dozen.

Review
5 Stars

Amaskan’s Blood is an exciting epic fantasy filled with amazing adventures and wonderful characters. Everything is well planned and there’re so much happening in this book.

Adelei is the main character and she is y far my favorite character. She is such a strong character but not the perfect type, she is flawed but amazing at the same time.
The author did an amazing job with the world building and even more so with the characters. Each character brings a new complexity and uniqueness to the story, even the villain was written amazingly that you are always having your doubts about him, how amazing is this author?

The work that the author had put into this detailed world is astonishing. The author put so many details to everything that you can easily see yourself in this world, walking alongside Adelei. The first third of the book was a bit slow to read and hard to get into but I am used to this in Fantasy. However, trust me when I say that the rest of the book is worth the waiting, this novel is full of action, politics and memorable characters.

Also check out again the amazing cover, wow ❤ I love the cover so much, by itself you can feel the story.

Lastly, I will say that the strong plot combined with the strong characters makes a unique and amazing story to read, and if you like Fantasy you will LOVE this book. I am lucky I already have the next book to read immediately (yay) 😀

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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P.S. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

Book Review: Jozi Flash 2017 Blog Tour

Hey everyone, this is a way overdue book review and I am sending my apologies to everyone who participated in the book tour and to the authors themselves for my late review. But it’s finally here, hehe, and before I’ll start my review, I have to say that I enjoyed reading these stories very much and I am excited to review this book 😀

I received this book from the lovely Rachel Poli for an honest review and be part of the blog tour. Thank you, Rachel for your kindness and patience and for this lovely book ❤

Author: Ten Authors: Christelle Bloem, Candice Burger, Justin J., Carin Marais, Elliot P. McGee, Nthato Morakabi, Liam Selby, Nicolette Stephens, Nicola Tapson, Kim Wainer.
Pages: 174 Pages
Genre: Flash Fiction
Publication Date: January 31st, 2018
Publisher: Chasing Dreams Publishing

ozi Flash Blog Tour, Book review

Blurb

It’s not quite the Gummi Bears, but it certainly bounces around a lot.

Jozi Flash 2017 combines the talents of ten brilliant authors with one gifted artist, to bring you a collection of 80 flash fiction stories across eight different genres.

From a children’s story about the folly of summoning dragons to the horrors held in deliciously treacherous ice cream, the authors take you on journeys that weave fantasy and folklore together alongside practical detectives and everyday tragedy.

With stunning artwork prompts by Nico Venter, these South African authors have created an anthology that will leave you breathless.

Review
5 Stars

I will not choose a story to review, I will review it as a whole collection 😀 Because each story is a unique story by itself with its own style and genre I want to review this as an entire collection.

Some stories were emotional, while others were fun, cute and even horror. This anthology was beautifully made from the gorgeous cover to the amazing and fun stories. You get immersed immediately into a new world and new characters and you get to read different genres that to my surprise I LOVED IT 😉

The prompts and the illustrations were perfect and everything had a feel of writer’s journal (but in a very good way). Each author did an amazing job with his/her writing, making the short story fly by fast.

Overall, I loved the book, it was short and fun to read and I highly recommend it to everyone who loves to read short stories and fiction. You can even choose the right story for you by your favorite genre or by your current mood.

You can find the book over at:

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Guest Post: Unexpected, Exciting Developments By M. J. Mallon

I am thrilled to say that I have outlined the major events in Book Two in the series – The Curse of Time. So, if you haven’t read The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone now’s the time to do so!

During this process, I stumbled upon a plot development idea that shocked me. I’d started writing the bare bones of the ending of book two and then POW it hit me. I can’t divulge what my idea is for fear of spoiling it for you, but I can say that it will take the story on an unexpected pathway into a potential book three.

This Kapow aspect of writing excites, empowers and intrigues me.

During the creative process of writing The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone, I didn’t plot much at all. I wrote from a reservoir of my imagination. I had to restructure a lot, but this meant that TCOT is a highly imaginative concept.

My reviewers have been saying lots of wonderful things about TCOT.

Here are just a couple of review quote snippets:

‘This is a brilliant book for young adults interested in magic, supernatural, paranormal, fantasy and myth. I found it highly readable and the author’s imagination is phenomenal, as is the fluency of her language and the dazzling way she describes the curious events and characters in her story. I loved the idea of Esme, the girl trapped in the mirror.’

S C Skillman, author

‘The curse of time is a beautifully written book. I really enjoyed M.J. Mallon’s style of writing and the beautiful characters she created. Even though aimed at the YA audience I enjoyed it and found myself totally engrossed.

The story is almost dreamlike, very addictive and quirky. I loved all the references to crystals and the magical element. I was keen to find out the mystery linked to Amelina’s Dad’s disappearance and eventual reappearance. This is such a mixing pot of delights, you have gorgeous poetry scattered throughout, a girl stuck in a mirror and a magically enchanted paint set and this is the tip of the iceberg!’ Lisa, Book Addiction UK.

One of my subsidiary characters became far more important. In fact, she became one of my favourite characters.

Let me introduce you to Esme.

Portrait of Esme – Copyright artist Carolina Russo – https://yesterdayafter.com/

Imaginative Developments: Mental Health and Entrapment

  • I had an idea to write about a girl trapped in a mirror and Esme became that girl. I realized she needed to be more interesting and defined. I struggled with this for some time. Then, during the writing process, I had a Eureka moment – I decided to link the mirror girl Esme’s imprisonment to mental health.

Mental Health is a form of entrapment. A person who is suffering from mental health problems isn’t free. They are unable to live life to the full as fear anxiety, depression and mental health issues hold them back. Esme is that person. She is a prisoner in the mirrors of Amelina’s house and she is also imprisoned by her mental health issues. Esme is a victim of a curse but prior to her imprisonment, she had also been stuck in a vicious circle of self-harm.

Esme became the character I longed for – a character with huge potential for truth, hope, and discussion. I now have so many ways to portray her and…

The reader will be able to see her journey throughout the series.

Will Esme recover from her self-harm?

Will she escape the imprisonment of the curse?

Will I be able to help Esme feel good about herself?

Esme’s character will allow an open and frank discussion on the crucially important topic of mental health/self-harm/depression/anxiety which matters so much to me.

Esme also features in book two, with an emphasis on recovery and hope along with all the original cast of book one.

Imaginative Developments: Crystals

  • Wow, I just love them. I have a lovely collection at home. So it’s no surprise that there’s a magical crystal cottage in The Curse of Time. But, this haven of beauty, light, and magic isn’t open to everyone. No way! It’s strictly by invitation only. My main protagonist, fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott is allowed to visit but will Ryder creep in? Wait and see… There will be some amazing developments with regard to the cottage in Book Two. Expect twin doors…

Imaginative Developments: Tattoos and Art

  • Tattoos. This is hysterical. What can you do with tattoos in a fantasy novel? Perhaps you can cover your villain with them. Hey, maybe you can bring those tattoos alive, and link those black tattoos to shadows. Perhaps you can take this further and make them smoking hot! Interesting… Now, how cool is that?

Just imagine what fun I can have with tattoos in future books… Oh my!

(I have a thing about bringing art alive and this is also portrayed in the Creature of The Cottage.)

Portrait of The Creature – copyright artist Carolina Russo – https://yesterdayafter.com/

Imaginative Developments: Clocks and Rollercoasters

There are three wonderful Chronopage clock creations invented by Dr. John C Taylor, OBE http://www.johnctaylor.com/who I had the pleasure of meeting in September 2017.

The magnificent grasshopper lives in King’s Parade in Cambridge, and features in Book One. The midsummer Chronopage showcases a mythological fly and the dragon Chronopage is, of course, a dragon. Look at that pearl on the dragon’s tongue! I can’t wait to write about the mythological fly and the dragon in the next two books in the series.

In the meantime, I have plans for the grasshopper to come alive and get up to a bunch of mischief in Book Two.

Aren’t they stunning?

http://johnctaylor.com

And … there will be an epic rollercoaster in Book Two and some riddles…

If you like fantasy, adore Dr. Who (like I do,) I hope you will give The Curse of Time a try.

Don’t forget to check out Marjorie’s Interview and Book review 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Curse Of Time (Bloodstone,#1) by M.J. Mallon

Author: M.J. Mallon
Pages: 242
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 26, 2017
Publisher: Kyrosmagica Publishing

Blurb

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but a perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

Review
5 Stars

Okay, wow. Marjorie had created a wonderful story with such relatable characters. The Curse of Time is a young adult fantasy novel and I loved every page in it ❤

Amelina, the main character is such a lovable and so relatable character. The author did a great job with her and the other characters in this book. Every detail so well thought off and you can tell by reading as the story flows so easily. Amelina’s world is so unique and full of magic (I won’t say much here, every little detail might spoil things).

Meeting the Ryder changed everything with Amelina and not the way she wished to and I loved that the author made Amelina grow with the plot, and as a writer myself, that is what I love to see in books. I loved the use of mirrors and crystals in this book, every magical item made the story more dramatic and magical, you are “literally” sucked into Amelina’s world and it felt amazing. It was the perfect book to read while my life was so stressful and hectic, it was a blessed escape.

Ryder is the perfect villain here and the author did a great job with making us “love to hate him” and I enjoyed to hating him, lol 😀

You could really tell that the author Marjorie made every little detail feel special, from the beggings of the chapters to a character-driven plot and amazing adventures and struggles. If you love Fantasy and Paranormal this book is for you ❤

I won’t say more as from here on the plot really moves fast and before you know it, the book has ended (WHY???).  I need book 2 🙂

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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  • A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.